Industrial hemp licensing statistics for 2018

This report was generated using Health Canada data available from January 1, 2018 to February 4, 2019.

The Industrial Hemp Regulations define “industrial hemp” as a cannabis plant – or any part of that plant – in which the concentration of THC is 0.3% (w/w) or less in the flowering heads and leaves. A licence from Health Canada is required to possess, cultivate, sell/provide, process, produce a derivative, import and/or export industrial hemp.

Industrial hemp commercial licences and registries by province
Province Total licences and registriesFootnote 1 Licences and registries for cultivation
Alberta 335 184 (55%)
British Columbia 61 31 (51%)
Manitoba 202 99 (49%)
New Brunswick 41 33 (80%)
Newfoundland and Labrador 1 0 (0%)
Nova Scotia 10 5 (50%)
Ontario 111 75 (68%)
Prince Edward Island 21 16 (76%)
Quebec 150 106 (71%)
Saskatchewan 294 162 (55%)
Total 1,226 711 (58%)
Footnote 1

A licence was issued to a specific site where more than one regulated activity may be conducted. A licence holder might have been granted licences for multiple activities at multiple sites. As per the Section 56 Class Exemption in place prior to October 17, 2018, a licence could have provided a blanket authorization for cultivation of industrial hemp at any site. Registration of the cultivation site information was required and could have been submitted to Health Canada either at the time of licence application, or within 15 days after seeding on the “Notification of Cultivation of Industrial Hemp” form. A site where only cultivation occurred was called a “Registry”, and was not issued a licence.

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2018 Registered hectarage for cultivation of industrial hemp by approved cultivar by province
Approved cultivar Hectarage (HA)
AB BC MB NB NL NS ON PEI QC SK Total
Altair 0 0 0.02 0 0 0 22.28 0 4.72 0 27.02
Angie 0 0 0.08 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.08
Anka 117.85 22.23 0.04 327.70 0 0 230.82 3.20 124.65 0 826.49
Canda 42.25 4.33 906.38 16.51 0 0.09 61.34 0 0 127.46 1,158.36
CanMa 60.70 0 151.99 0 0 30.35 1.00 25.07 766.76 0 1,035.87
Carmagnola 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.01 0 0 0 0.01
Carmen 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.48 0 0 0 1.48
CFX-1 0 0 0.04 0 0 0 1.28 0 24.00 124.05 149.37
CFX-2 564.25 11.21 419.47 0 0 0 0.01 0 99.08 140.48 1,234.49
Crag 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.02 0 0 0 2.02
CRS-1 38.10 4.05 160.73 0 0 0 0 17.60 0 0.045 220.53
CS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.01 0 0 0 0.01
Delores 4.04 0 0 0 0 0 0.04 0 0 0 4.08
ESTA-1 0 0 0 0 0 4.05 0 0 0 0 4.05
Ferimon 0 0 0 0 0 0.10 0.80 0 182.57 0 183.47
FINOLA 7,149.46 46.41 1,172.72 22.52 0 0 837.69 0 84.97 3,373.74 12,687.51
Georgina 0 0 0 2.00 0 0 0.25 0 0 0 2.25
Grandi 0 0.28 230.87 0 0 0 0 0 0 802.13 1,033.28
GranMa 0 0 29.32 0 0 0 00 6.47 248.73 0 284.52
Joey 0.06 33.87 427.92 17.93 0 0 0.64 0 0 144.08 624.50
Jutta 0 0 0 0 0 0 185.69 0 0 0 185.69
Katani 2,071.81 43.47 282.64 0 0 0 32.16 91.91 0.80 1,702.65 4,225.44
Martha 0 0 0 11.00 0 0 8.50 0 0 0 19.50
Picolo 658.09 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 161.91 820.00
Quida 0 0.12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.12
Silesia 0.05 0 0.02 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.07
USO 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.52 0 10.00 0 14.52
Victoria 0 0 0 3.00 0 0.10 4.85 0 0 0 7.95
X-59
(Hemp Nut)
1,413.89 49.57 891.09 2.22 0 0.10 6.51 0 0 4,397.41 6,760.79
OtherFootnote 2 21.39 0 0.16 0 0 0 0.44 0 0.05 1.50 23.54
TOTAL 12,141.94 215.42 4,673.61 402.88 0 34.79 1,402.33 144.25 1,546.33 10,975.44 31,536.98
Footnote 2

These were non-approved varieties for plant breeding purposes.

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Note:

No cultivation authorizations were issued for the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut.

As per subsection 26(1) of the Industrial Hemp Regulations, a holder of a licence that authorizes cultivation, other than as a plant breeder, must sow only seed of pedigreed status that is of an approved cultivar listed on Health Canada’s current List of Approved Cultivars.

Industrial Hemp Section
Specialized Authorizations Division
Controlled Substances and Cannabis Branch
Health Canada
E-mail: hc.hemp-chanvre.sc@canada.ca

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